Today George W. Bush joked thus:
- From this morning's White House press conference:
Reporter: Mr. President, following up on Vladimir Putin for a moment, he said recently that next year, when he has to step down according to the constitution, as the president, he may become prime minister; in effect keeping power and dashing any hopes for a genuine democratic transition there ...
Bush: I've been planning that myself.
Oh heh indeedy. Bush is known for knee-slappers like this. F'r instance:
- "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."
- "A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it, " [Bush] said.
So why is it that these jokes don't seem so funny?